Fallon bags first Group One winner in Darley July Cup
Cieren Fallon rode his first Group One winner as Oxted cruised to victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
Fallon's father, Kieren, never managed to win the Darley July Cup during his successful career but it was a huge day for the family as Oxted proved too good for Sceptical and Golden Horde at HQ.
Oxted went into the race after back-to-back wins at Doncaster and Newmarket, and he took his career total to four after another superb run this weekend.
The four-year-old was close to the pace throughout the race, and he soon kicked clear to win by a length-and-a-quarter.
Trainer Roger Teal also claimed his first Group One success, and he has already identified races at Haydock and Deauville.
Saturday's success was a landmark moment in Fallon's career, and he was full of praise for Oxted after a gutsy display.
He told ITV Racing: "I'm speechless, I can't believe it," the winning rider told ITV Racing. "I was just a passenger on a very good horse today. Mr Teal and the team back home have done an incredible job.
"There was a lot of pressure going into a Group One like this. I spoke to my dad beforehand and my jockey coach Michael Tebbutt and went into the office to see my boss Mr Haggas too. I'm very lucky to have the support around me that I have to keep me progressing.
"Dad said keep it simple, jump out, stay in a straight line, don't take him back, don't push and keep him travelling. Hold him together to the dip then let him go and see what's underneath you. That's what I did today, kept it simple. What a horse."
Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.